It’s been quite some time since I made my last post. I’ve been cycling more to explore the new city suburb that we moved in recently, and at the same time trying hard to organize the data I collect through my weekend rides. A recent news item caught my attention and I couldn’t resist pushing this entry through, mostly because this was one of the many areas about my city’s infrastructure that I wanted to post about.
After my interesting encounter with the truck driver the other day, I invited my friend Rajeeb along for some more interesting trips through the by-roads of the Greater Noida Expressway. After riding along the highways, main roads, junctions and alleyways of NOIDA, I have mixed feelings. There is much already here in the name of infrastructure, but the public at large is deprived of the most basic civic sense. If you ask what civic means, I’m sure most of them would say it is one of the best-selling models from the stable of a popular Japanese auto-maker. No more comments on that.
But this post, and the subsequent posts aim to highlight the urban mess called NOIDA, despite being a very organized city.
It was overwhelming to see that most roads in NOIDA boast of cycle tracks, unlike her bigger and more famous neighbours like Delhi and Gurgaon. The fact of the matter is – cycling tracks are so ill-designed that they appear more like distractions than something designed to help cyclists, pedestrians or even motorists. One thing I’m sure is that none of the people who designed these lanes has ever been a cyclist. Else they would have designed lanes in a way that people could actually cycle.
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